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Club Profile: Ascent

Club Profile: Ascent

Alex Decker, Reporter

January 9, 2019


Filed under Feature, Top Stories

Providing helpful connections and resources to students, Ascent Club is an all-inclusive space to learn about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Based off of student run projects, Ascent aims to give students hands-on experience with important aspects of the STEM field. “Ascent s...

A Coach’s Coach: The Life and Legacy of Bob Lisher

A Coach’s Coach: The Life and Legacy of Bob Lisher

Jax Egan, Sports Editor

December 18, 2018


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It’s not common for one person to stay at one job for 22 consecutive years. It’s even less common for one person to live in one place their entire life. But don’t tell Bob Lisher that. After a historic 37-year coaching career in the state of Kansas, 22 of them at Free State, the Firebird...

Trump’s MAGA rally supporting Kobach draws protesters

Trump’s MAGA rally supporting Kobach draws protesters

Sabrina Castle, Editor-in-Chief

December 6, 2018


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After receiving a text message from Trump’s campaign advertising his “Make America Great Again” rally in Topeka, Kansas, people were able to make requests online for a free ticket to attend the event. The rally on October 6 attracted thousands who lined up in the cold rain for hours outside ...

Album Review: “Among the Living” by Anthrax

Album Review: “Among the Living” by Anthrax

Nick Burket

December 2, 2018


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The album “Among the Living” by Anthrax is absolutely amazing. I cannot describe how pure metal it is. One of the many things I truly love about this album is that it’s relentless, and the writing talents of drummer Charlie Benante and rhythm guitarist Scott Ian are both shown. The album has a...

Game Preview: Free State vs. Manhattan

Game Preview: Free State vs. Manhattan

Ahmed Jakmouj, Sports Reporter

November 9, 2018


Filed under Sports, Top Stories

Following a 51-27 victory over Haysville Campus in the second round, the 10-0 Firebirds look to take down the 9-1 Manhattan Indians. Last season, Free State was eliminated in this round of the playoffs by the Derby Panthers. This year the Firebirds have to beat a strong Manhattan defense to advance ...

Female students relate to new student resource officer Shelby Frazier

Female students relate to new student resource officer Shelby Frazier

Sabrina Castle, Editor-in-Chief

October 29, 2018


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Having been on the police force her entire career, Officer Shelby Frazier has experienced many years of rigorous training and hazardous situations while working on the street. Despite her dedication to her career, Frazier often received less respect from suspects as her male coworkers due to the fact that she is a woman. “A lot of men on the street fee...

Technology takes over classrooms

Technology takes over classrooms

Ahmed Jakmouj, Reporter

October 28, 2018


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As virtual learning becomes more popular, the Lawrence School District voted in 2017 to give students personal laptops which they can use for the duration of the school year.  By using certain tools like Google Classroom, teachers are able to upload assignments online so that they are accessible to s...

Album Review: “Trench” by 21 Pilots

Album Review: “Trench” by 21 Pilots

Nick Burket, Reporter

October 19, 2018


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From 21 Pilots new album “Trench”, I was expecting the softer, grungier tone and sound of previous songs such as “Heathens” or “Stressed Out” from their last album “BlurryFace”. The opener, “Jumpsuit”, is one of my favorite tracks on the album. The subtlety of the song truly captures...

Teachers and District at Impasse

Teachers and District at Impasse

Sabrina Castle, Reporter

September 18, 2018


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On August 23, a mass email titled “From The Table” was sent to over 950 teachers in the Lawrence school district. The message contained a summary of what had been decided at the August 9 negotiations session. The more teachers that opened the message, the more frustrated “reply alls” were sent back...

Tired of the Culture: Part 3

Sabrina Castle and Grace Porter

May 19, 2018


Filed under News, Recent, Top Stories

Students and staff take action to bring awareness to sexual violence within the school

Tired of the Culture: Part 2

Sabrina Castle, Reporter

May 19, 2018


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As sexual assault allegations are surfacing against prominent men in our society, rape culture has become a frequently discussed topic. Since the public's attention has become focused on the issue of sexual violence, students are voicing their concerns that administrators are tolerant of rape culture....

Tired of the Culture: Part 1

Sabrina Castle, Reporter

May 19, 2018


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Anonymous  “I was with someone for a long time, for like a year. We broke up in September and that was kind of hard on me. I just felt really stuck, so I turned to drinking on the weekends and parties and getting high.” Fifty percent of sexual assault happens while victims or perpetrators are u...

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